Noisebud has released a free VST for Windows-based techno, house & trance producers, Lazy Kenneth:
Just in time for christmas we have this little spin off product ready, so go ahead and put it under your tree.
Lazy Kenneth will help those who don’t know how to use, or are too lazy to use sidechain to handle heavy basslines that collide with the bass drum in 4/4 music. That is music where you put a bass drum on all fours, techno, house, trance, minimal, tribal and so on. Put Lazy Kenneth on the bassline track and it will automatically duck the signal when the bass drum hits. You could place a LK on all tracks except the bass drum for some real heavy pumping effect.
This tutorial, via AfroDJMac,looks at side chaining the gate in Ableton Live:
Ableton Live‘s Gate effect is super useful for cutting out unwanted noises and cleaning up tracks. Basically, the gate stays closed, preventing sound from passing through, until the volume reaches a certain threshold. At that point the sound is allowed to pass through. The gate then closes again when the volume drops below that threshold, silencing the audio.
By enabling the “Flip” button, you can have it behave the opposite way, only closing when the volume reaches a certain threshold.
Fortunately, the gate effect can also be sidechained to another audio signal. So, once the other signal’s audio reaches a certain level, the gate will open. This creates a whole world of sonic possibilities.
If you’ve got other ideas on using the gate as a creative effect, let us know!